Colorado Springs: Mayor Yemi Mobolade presents Spirit of the Springs Award at Juneteenth Celebration

~ Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade honored Dee Smith with the Inspirational Leader Spirit of the Springs Award at the Juneteenth Celebration on Friday. Smith, founder of the non-profit organization OneBody ENT, was recognized for his unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of black youth.

In his speech, Mayor Yemi praised Smith's work with OneBody ENT as a shining example of how one individual can bring about profound change in a community. He commended Smith for his passion and commitment to using lessons from the past to shape a better future. Through his efforts, Smith has empowered countless residents and provided them with the necessary support and resources to succeed.

The Spirit of the Springs Award is given by the Mayor's Office to exceptional individuals within Colorado Springs who serve as inspirational leaders. These individuals are recognized for their influence and impact on their community. The award was presented to Smith by Mayor Yemi or an official designee.

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Smith's organization, OneBody ENT, includes two sub-organizations - Men of Influence and Women of Impact. Together, they have been instrumental in promoting positive change and unity in Southeast Colorado Springs. Their mission is to serve youth and adults by providing resources and support to prevent criminal offenses and re-offenses.

OneBody ENT offers various initiatives such as community outreach, education, mentorship, violence interruption, performing arts, entertainment, and social gatherings. These activities provide positive outlets for individuals to engage in wholesome activities and surround themselves with like-minded peers.

The K Land neighborhood has been particularly impacted by OneBody ENT's efforts. Through their work, they have created a brighter future for many residents in this area. The greater Colorado Springs community has also benefited from their initiatives.

The Mayor's Office welcomes nominations for exceptional individuals who deserve recognition through the Spirit of the Springs Award. For more information on how to nominate someone or learn about past recipients, visit

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